5 Tips for Presentation Success…
Give your presentations a kick start with our 5 top tips!
Love it or loathe it, public speaking is something that many of us have to experience in our lives. It could be your career, a wedding speech or even just a discussion amongst friends.
Whatever your topic and wherever your stage, we have prepared 5 top tips to help you achieve success in your presentations.
- Know your material. Do you find yourself surprised by the next slide? Maybe fumbling with what to say, just dictating from the screen or even not being synced with your presentation. Not knowing your material is a sure fire way of losing the connection with your audience and leaving you isolated at the front of the room (it can be a lonely place).
- Use software wisely. Used appropriately, presentation software can take your talk to the next level but it can also be a distraction and a hinderance to your talk. Ask yourself whether you really need it and don’t be afraid to ditch it if you don’t.
- Rehearse. The ‘it’ll be alright on the night’ mentality may work from time to time, however nothing beats a well-rehearsed talk. Check the slides, the order, the content, the videos and pictures. Know your topic well and if you can, plan for questions that may crop up.
- Engage with your audience. No one wants to listen to a monotonous, didactic, dictatorial speaker. The audience may have things to contribute and you will never know this if you don’t engage with them. You are far more likely to influence change and touch the minds or hearts of your audience if you connect with them on a personal level. Of course for larger talks this can be tricky but empathy can also work wonders – let people know you understand them.
- Relax before your stage. Ask 100 people how they do this and you will probably get 100 different answers (or at least 100 different variations of the same answer). Relaxation takes many forms – simply by turning up with plenty of time, seeing the room and ‘walking the floor’ where you will give your talk, meditation, music, comedy, having a drink and so many more. Do what feels right for you. A stressed, tense speaker gives a stressed, tense speech. Don’t be afraid to try some vocal exercises to warm up your voice.
We can’t provide every answer to make your talks pitch perfect every time – in fact no-one can. However by applying the 5 points above will hopefully guide you and give you success in your presentations.